Idaho National Laboratory Internship
In Spring 2019, I had the opportunity to work for the Cybercore center at Idaho National Laboratory. I worked part time remotely from Texas, but I was able to visit the site in Idaho Springs when I started to meet some of my coworkers, learn more about the different mission areas of the Lab, and get an introduction to some of the projects I might be working on.
This was a very different experience from my internships since I was going to school full time in Texas and working at the same time. At times I felt like I was not being very productive, but I was only working 5-10 hours per week, so it made sense that I wasn't making the quickest progress. My group was able to give me a project that I could work on independently. In some ways, that made it easier since I could do the work on my own schedule, but it also took away from the interactive experiences and team building that I enjoyed in other internship experiences.
I was very excited about this opportunity since it allowed me to combine my interest in power grids and cybersecurity as I examined the publicly disclosed vulnerability for devices commonly used devices in power grids. I am looking forward to doing more work with INL in the future.